HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR SEWER LINE FROM PROPERTIES

Three different designs for hooking up Yucca Valley residents to the proposed sewer system were presented to the Hi-Desert Water District’s Board of Directors at their meeting last night. Managing editor Tami Roleff was there and fills in the details on which system was chosen… Of the three options presented

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MAN ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS HIMSELF IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, LIVES TO TELL THE TALE

A hiker in Joshua Tree National Park shot himself in the chest Tuesday night and lived to tell the tale. According to Engineer John Martin of the Joshua Tree fire station, about 9 p.m. Tuesday night, Patrick Campbell, 50, of Rancho Palos Verde was hiking Inspiration Point near Key’s View

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BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY PULLS ILLEGAL GIFT, IDENTIFIES PROJECTS

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency met last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a potentially illegal gift was pulled off the agenda and appropriation limits were set… At last night’s special meeting of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors, a resolution to contribute $500 worth of pyrotechnics for

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NEARBY HATHAWAY FIRE NOW 80 PERCENT CONTAINED

The nearby Hathway fire, still bringing smoke into the Morongo Basin depending on wind conditions, is now at 80 percent containment at 3807 acres. The Forest service said fire crews continue with hotspot patrol and fire line construction. ‘Minimal Impact Suppression Techniques’ are being utilized in the wilderness areas. Full

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PALM SPRINGS MAN HURT IN AMBOY ROAD ROLLOVER

A Palm Springs man suspected of falling asleep at the wheel rolled his car on Amboy Road Monday afternoon. According to a press release from the California Highway Patrol, Claude Smithern, 89, was driving a 1987 Lincoln Continental southbound on Amboy Road, north of Bell King Road, when it’s believed

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PASSES TOWN BUDGET, LEONE LONE DISSENTING VOTE

Finally, after six months of meetings, workshops, discussions, and public comment, the Yucca Valley Town Council passed its $9.1 million budget at its meeting last night. But the seemingly routine agenda item did not pass unanimously. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells us who voted against it and why… The Yucca

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JOSHUA TREE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO THE MURDER OF HIS WIFE

A Joshua Tree man pleaded guilty in a Joshua Tree court room Friday to shooting and killing his wife just over a year ago. In the early morning hours of March 5, 2012, deputies were called out for a welfare check at a home in the 65500 block of Twentynine

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SUPREME COURT TO LOOK AT PRAYERS AT COUNCIL MEETINGS

Yucca Valley has considered, and the Twentynine Palms City Council is soon to discuss, the controversial practice of starting meetings with religious prayers. Dan Stork surveys legal activity on this issue at the Federal level… Although invocations by clergy at meeting of elected officials have been common in the United

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NO ON YUCCA VALLEY RECALL ORGANIZATION FORMED

The “No on Yucca Valley Recall of George Huntington and Robert E Lombardo” (Political Action Committee) has been organized and is legally sanctioned to operate in opposition to the recall efforts in Yucca Valley by the Fair Political Practices Commission and the Internal Revenue Service. According to their chairman, Joseph

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Amendments to the development code, slurry seal, and budget discussions are all on a busy agenda. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. tonight. The meeting will start with

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LOS ANGELES MAN WANTED FOR STABBING HIS WIFE ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Los Angeles murder suspect was arrested after police kicked in the door of his room at the Desert View Motel in Yucca Valley early Monday morning. 46-year-old Michael Kane, who teaches at a Tarzana elementary school, was being sought after allegedly chasing down and stabbing his estranged wife to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE, PALM DESERT WOMAN, FATAL CRASH VICTIMS

The County Coroner has identified two women, one from Palm Desert and the other a Marine from the Twentynine Palms Marine Base, who were killed Sunday night in a head-on collision on Highway 62. Niccole Holly, 31, and Amelia Miller, 23, were pronounced dead at the scene of the 10

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THE LINE UP FOR THE 19TH ANNUAL YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Town of Yucca Valley is getting ready for the 19th annual Summer Music Festival. A variety of musicians will perform music for all tastes in the soft cool grass of the town’s softball fields. Z107.7 Radio will be a proud sponsor, as we have from the very beginning of

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CALL FOR ART AT 29 PALMS VISITORS CENTER GALLERY

“It’s Gonna Be a Scorcher!” – Impressions of Summer Heat – is the theme for the Art in Public Places summer exhibition at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Gallery in downtown Twentynine Palms. The show will be on display July, August, and September. Artists are invited to submit one

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HOSPICE OF THE MORONGO BASIN CLOSING ITS DOORS

After 31 years of excellent community service, a high profile Morongo Basin non-profit will be closing its doors. Morongo Basin Hospice, MBH, announced today they will disband the organization and will be moving out of their central Joshua Tree location. Hospice Board President Cathy Itnyre said Hospice of the Morongo

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TWO KILLED IN MORONGO VALLEY CRASH LAST NIGHT

Two people were killed in a high speed head-on crash in Morongo Valley shortly before 10 p.m. last night. Investigators from the California Highway Patrol said the driver of a 2009 Dodge, a 23-year- old from Twentynine Palms, was driving eastbound on State Route 62 approaching North Star Trail In

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MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY HOTEL

A Los Angeles murder suspect was arrested after police kicked in the door of his room at the Desert View Motel in Yucca Valley early this morning. Following an intensive search by local Sheriffs working with Los Angeles Police, 46-year-old Michael Rodney Kane, was arrested without incident for allegedly chasing

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INTERVIEW WITH 29 PALMS HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC DIRECTOR MICHAEL MAYES

With art and music programs at risk in many schools, ROP broadcasting student, Stephanie Acuff, asks high school music director Michael Mayes for some impressions of his work… It’s not easy being a music director; I asked Michael Mayes, Musical Director for Twentynine Palms High School what it takes starting

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PAVING PROJECT MOVES EAST ON HIGHWAY 62

A project to rehabilitate the pavement on State Route 62 from Yucca Valley to Twentynine Palms stretching from Yucca Mesa Road to Bermuda Avenue continues this week with lane closures. The project will grind the existing roadway and replace with new material. Lanes in both directions will be intermittently closed

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PETS CAN’T TELL YOU WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS TOO HOT

The weather is hot, no surprise, it’s almost summer in the desert. Many people are aware that they shouldn’t leave their dogs in cars during hot weather. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has this reminder about another danger for dogs… If it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on pavement—and

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